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The prairies southwest of St. Cloud are mostly known for corn and soybeans. But the growers at Hinterland Vineyards have turned those fertile fields into the incubators of award-winning wines, growing both white and red varietals to use in their house blends. Their Happy Creek Red was named Best Off-Dry Red at the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, and La Crescent, a semi-dry white, earned a Best of Class nod at the 2013 International Women's Wine Competition. At the on-site winery, guests can sample these and other vino varieties while nibbling appetizers or listening to live music on select nights of the week. Hinterland also serves microbrew beers for guests who prefer beverages made from browner, fizzier grapes instead.

3060 120th Ave SE
Clara City,
MN
US

When Roger and Mary Dombrovski took over the Herges' meat market in 1975, they never could have predicted that their small family-owned butcher shop would still be going strong more than 30 years later and peddling their wursts far beyond the Foley city limits. The main order of business during their humble beginnings was processing sausages and preparing pizza toppings, but the Dombrovskis have expanded to include barbecue, organic, and halal meats to their lockers. They ship to home cooks, restaurants, and lazy wolves across the country, and provide an unconditional satisfaction guarantee with every order.

425 Dewey St
Foley,
MN
US

The first IHOP?the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin?opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.

Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.

327 2nd Street South
Waite Park,
MN
US

Each whoopie cake is made from fresh ingredients daily. We take a lot of pride in our baking. Each gourmet cream filling is delicious and we have five flavors to choose from, including Oreo Cookie Cream, Mint Oreo Cookie Cream, Banana, Vanilla and Chocolate Cream.

1408 W Street Germain Street
Saint Cloud,
MN
US

The Mexican Village Too! pillages hunger with a menu loaded with authentic tacos, fajitas, and burritos. Consume culinary mosaics such as the Mexican chalupa, which ensconces a crispy corn tortilla in an avalanche of delectable fillings and speckles the masterpiece with black olives and shredded cheese ($6.95). Recruited for their unparalleled packing abilities, former professional snowball fighters turned seasoned chefs display peaceful consolidation with tightly rolled chimichangas, stuffing a large flour tortilla with meaty fillings and frying the palatable parcel to a crispy golden finish ($9.25 each).

20 25th Ave S
Saint Cloud,
MN
US

German-born Brigitte Olson is known as a wunderkind restauranteur in St. Cloud, according to an interview on AM 1240 WJON's website. She's been working at and running various restaurants in the area since the 1960s, providing people with tasty comfort food and German favorites. She confesses that she has a particular way of doing things—chairs must always be pushed in when they're not in use and napkins have to be carefully placed on the table after they're folded to resemble Abraham Lincoln—but her meticulous style is embraced by her employees. In fact, some of them have worked for her and her family for 30 years.

Though Brigitte now spends a lot of her time basking in the Florida sunshine, she still ventures up to St. Cloud during the summer months to see how things are going at Brigitte's Cafe, which is currently run by her children. They follow in their mom's footsteps and serve welcoming comfort food, such as egg dishes, tater tots, and meats laden with savory gravy.

42 32nd Ave S
Saint Cloud,
MN
US